Thursday, June 27, 2013

8" x 6" Red, White and Blue Mini-Album PDF Tutorial

I was a little ahead of schedule and managed to get the tutorial for the Red, White and Blue Mini-album in my Etsy shop a little earlier than planned!

HERE is a link to the PDF tutorial in my Etsy shop.

I uploaded a little tutorial video to YouTube this afternoon on how to make the postage stamp frame inside this mini-album. I've included the instructions in the PDF tutorial, but on this one--sometimes seeing it is better than reading instructions and photos.

HERE is a link to that tutorial video on YouTube.

I'm looking forward to diving into my next project and I think some of you may be very excited about the next tutorial!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

8"x6" Red White and Blue Mini-Album

Summer's here and I can't believe how fast it's moving already! The 4th is just around the corner and I got this mini done just in time. A few months ago I grabbed up an incredible steal on one of those daily scrapbook deal sites for the entire K&Co Americana collection. I had a few of the mat stacks from this collection already that I bought last summer, but I could never find much more of it in the stores last year and I was a little bummed. Imagine my delight when I saw the whole thing listed!

So... I know I just finished that baby album with K&Co papers, but I've been itchin' to use this collection so more K&Co it is!

I changed things up a bit on this one. For some reason, whenever I think of Patriotic type albums, I always envision them with a landscape orientation so that's the direction I took. I used the 6" binding on the album with 10 interior pages. Every page is different and I've designed 8 new features with lots of flaps and pockets, while still offering many of the base pages with room for large photos. There's 4 large pullout photo mats in side pockets, 5 smaller photo mats tucked inside of features and 6 journaling tags throughout.

I used a lot of embellishments from the collection, but I also incorporated the new USA 1776 stamp set from WaltzingMouse. This is my favorite patriotic stamp set to date and I couldn't wait to use it!

As I was making this album, I was thinking of all the photos that could be showcased so nicely in this. Besides the obvious 4th of July picnics, parades and fireworks, I could see using this for vacation photos of a trip to Washington, D.C., national parks, Mt. Rushmore, etc. One of my favorite ideas was using this for photos of a service member. I can especially see reunion pics after deployment going in an album like this. We always threw a party after my or my hubby's unit returned and I have so many photos of the friends we served with and the good times we shared upon a safe return and they need a home!

 This album is listed on eBay HERE ending on 6/30, if you're interested,but no worries--I've made myself one too!!

I'll be doing the tutorial writeup for this album this week and hope to have it in my Etsy shop by Friday. HERE is a link to the YouTube video of this mini showing all the little details.

Hope you all are enjoying the first weekend of summer!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

6x6 Baby Girl Mini-Album

Here's a different take on one of my mini-album tutorials to give you an idea of how you can completely change the look or theme using different paper lines. I used the 6"x6" "Je t' Adore" PDF tutorial HERE with the K&Co "Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl" collection. This is an 8x8 paper pad and I used about 20 sheets out of the 36 sheet pad to complete the mini. The mint green paper on the inside of some of the features was paper from my stash. Most of the papers in this collection are somewhat busy and I wanted to mix some solids in there to have a place for the eye to rest. I also used the die-cuts and border strips from the collection for page embellishments and altered them slightly by adding glossy accents, matting on cardstock, inking edges, etc to jazz them up a bit.

I changed the first and last pages in the album to better fit the theme. The first page has a pocket photo mat to give a place for a newborn picture of baby and there's a pull-out tag for all baby's birth info tucked inside. I eliminated the pocket on the last page due to the large size of the elephant die-cut (that I just HAD to use because it's so cute!) and still allows for a good sized picture of baby. I also made the waterfall feature with one less page and slightly larger pages to fit a picture on the top flap along with the cute hippo.

This mini-album is listed on eBay HERE ending on 6/9, if you're interested.

I'm working on a new tutorial with a patriotic theme and all new features just in time for 4th of July picnics, fireworks, parades, or even to commemorate a servicemember. I should have it finished in a few weeks!

Hope you all are enjoying a great start to summer:)

Pages 1 and 2

Inside Page 2

Pages 3 and 4

Inside Page 4

Pages 5 and 6

Inside Page 5

Inside Page 6 waterfall feature

Pages 7 and 8

Inside Page 8

Pages 9 and 10

Inside Page 9

Inside Page 9